In a report released Monday, global leaders denounced harsh responses to drug use, such as the mass killing of drug users in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte, and called for worldwide drug decriminalization.
The report, Advancing Drug Policy Reform: A New Approach to Drug Decriminalization, is a product of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a high-level commission that includes former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former presidents of Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Switzerland, and British philanthropist Richard Branson, among others.
Since its inception in 2011, the Commission has consistently called for drug decriminalization, but this year’s report goes a step further. Unlike existing decriminalization policies around the world, where drug users still face fines or administrative penalties, the report argues that no penalties at all should attach to simple drug possession.
“Only then,” the report says, “can the societal destruction caused by drug prohibition be properly mitigated.”
The report breaks more new ground …